About me

I’m Emily, an apprentice journalist, a nearly-done PhD student, a writer and an occasional picture-maker. My thing is the long nineteenth century and Neo-Victorianism in literature, art, and the archives, whether it’s ‘asylums’ or activism, science or the supernatural – and particularly when these intersect with folklore or cabaret or horror. Here are some of my […]

A review of The Eyrie

  [This story was published November 2017 in Issue 12 of the Gramarye, the journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy. Pick up a copy from here: store.chi.ac.uk/product-catalogue/sussex-centre-for-folklore/journals/gramarye-issue-12-e-book.] A mysterious owl insignia, ominous rural landscapes, misty cobbled streets, creaky taverns, and irate sea-dogs baring warnings – recently published graphic novel The Eyrie […]

Eerie Eyrie: folk horror graphic novel review

[This story was published on October 30 by etc Magazine. Read the original story at edition.pagesuite-professional.co.uk//launch.aspx?pbid=cdbd86eb-0ed9-41e5-a590-031651c44a1, pages 54 and 55. PDF here: Etc – The Eyrie – November 2017

Remaining wraiths: haunted Waterlooville

I grew up in a town called Waterlooville. Like many people in their mid-twenties, I have not yet made it out alive – although I couldn’t exactly argue that this is case unique to my generation. It’s a quiet town with little history and (arguably) less character, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have our […]

Folklore and culture explored in Brighton artist’s paintings

[This story was published on February 10 in the Brighton and Hove Independent. Read the original story at brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/whats-on/arts/folklore-and-culture-explored-in-brighton-artist-s-paintings-1-7817094.] [Image: Elle in her studio] A ‘sense of wonder and curiosity’ informs the work of Brighton artist Elle Sorridente, who is inspired by the natural landscape in her hometown. Coming from a family with a mixed French […]

Tales from the Archive: Sea washes up witchcraft box, 1966

[This story was published on December 15 in the Observer series. Read the original story at chichester.co.uk/news/nostalgia-sea-washes-up-witchcraft-box-1966-1-7733015.] [Image: Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers in Egyptian setup performing a ritual in the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn] A fascinating discovery was made on the beach between Bracklesham and Selsey in 1966. The Observer reported, in its October 21 edition […]

The Living and the Dead:Folklore and Magic, Science and Technology

[This story was published on November 25 on the BAVS Neo-Victorian blog. Read the original story at victorianist.wordpress.com/2016/12/02/neo-victorian-review-the-living-and-the-dead-folklore-and-magic-science-and-technology.] Last week, I blogged about The Living and the Dead’s young spirit conduit Harriet Denning, poised between childhood and a repressed Victorian womanhood. Harriet’s age is associated in nineteenth-century psychology with a vulnerability to hysteria and psychosexual confusion, […]